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Cutting-edge passive pickups with huge sonics and totally unique look.

Radical Lace Alumitone electric guitar pickups have less resistance and higher output with clear, big frequency response in a completely noise-free passive design. Constructed with aluminum rather than copper, Lace humbuckers have a current-driven design as opposed to conventional voltage-based pickups.

The Lace Alumitone humbucker's aluminum water jet cut exoskeleton is mated with a micro-winding using 90% less copper wire than traditional designs. The result is an extremely lightweight and efficient pickup for your guitar. Sonically, Lace Alumitone pickups have more volume, more bass, and more mids with nice, clear, smooth high-frequency response that cuts.

Lace accompanies the Alumitone humbucker with a 3-inch mini data CD with all its latest wiring diagrams in color along with Lace's most current pickup and guitar catalogs. You also get a warranty card and other useful information about Lace Music Products.

FEATURES
  • Water jet cut aluminum exoskeleton
  • Noise-free current-driven design
  • Copper micro-winding
  • Lightweight and efficient
  • Passive circuitry
  • Low resistance
  • High output

SPECIFICATIONS

Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup

  • Resistance: 2.5k
    Peak frequency: 2343
    Inductance: 16.74 henries
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LaceAlumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

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    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • Experienced (3)

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The Best All-Around Pickup Ever

Lace Alumitones are the most versatile pickups I've ever heard in 35 years of playing. Not only that, but they have a complex, fat but clear sound is so pure, so warm but...Read complete review

Lace Alumitones are the most versatile pickups I've ever heard in 35 years of playing. Not only that, but they have a complex, fat but clear sound is so pure, so warm but has so much clarity, that I never thought one pickup could possess.Whether you play rock,fingerstyle, country, jazz, gritty blues, searing slide, or R&B, these pickups will not only cover the necessary tones, but excel at them.They're incredible loud, but don't drive your amp like a distortion pickup. They're clear and you can hear each and every note in a chord, but they're also full and fat.These are great for classic rock, and have an incredible amount of sustain. Moreover, they have such a full frequency range that by running them into a PA or acoustic amp, you can actually get a sound not far from a good electric-acoustic!With an A/B box, you can get hybrid guitar sounds, without that ugly piezo crackle, without 2 pickup systems and batteries!It's a truly revolutionary pickup, and simply sounds better than anything I've tried before, (Gibson vintage and new, Lollar, Fralin, Timbuckers, WCR, etc...)For the price, they're a bargain: the sound quality is worth twice as much.After hearing these, several producers I work with ordered sets for their "in-house" guitars.They make a perfect studio guitar because they can emulate just about any classic tone, or you can unleash their full potential for a unique, full-range sound unlike anything else.A terrific pickup, and a must-have for the serious guitarist.

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Is ruler flat good?

I have owned a set of these. The Alumitones are hi-fi with a flat/even response which is good if that is the tone you want. But this can translate to a lack of...Read complete review

I have owned a set of these. The Alumitones are hi-fi with a flat/even response which is good if that is the tone you want. But this can translate to a lack of character and sweetness in the midrange. That is exactly what I found: big tone yet cold and uninspiring. I was missing something in the frequencies from 800Hz-4kHz. The bass was engulfing the mix pushing a tube amp in a tubby way. The upper highs from 6KHz-16kHz were a bit hard, cutting. Might be perfect for nu metal--producing the mid-scoop sound. I purchased these pickups especially to play fingerstyle. The frequency response made it difficult to pull out the melody. I realize now that I like a vintage sound. They were just not the best thing for my style.

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5.0

Easy Versitile Upgrade

By Pops

from Greenville, SC

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

    Practice thru a Roland Cube 15x sounds professional in my house where I can't be terribly loud. All the notes and tone come right thru. The same amp sounds like a stack in my shop! My half stack makes more noise than these pickups. Any hum or hiss is totally gone from the guitar side. My amps can be cranked wide open and I don't have any issues with that awful "not grounded" sound with my hands off the strings.
    The pickup looks really cool. I decided to put this one in a cheap Squier Telecaster to see how much difference it could make and I'm blown away! I've gone from playing this guitar rarely to hardly being able to put it down. The difference can't be described as going from analog to digital, but it is a different feeling. All the warmth is still there tho. Really like these pickups and plan on purchasing more. If your a musician with junk guitars and want an inexpensive upgrade, these will change your whole playing experience and may even inspire you to play more. If your a professional, you'll always find something to complain about with any new product but if you'll take the time to get comfortable with one of these on a guitar you don't particularly care for, I'm sure you'll be putting them in your higher end rigs after a while. Overall a really neat and affordable top shelf upgrade!

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    5.0

    Love These Pickups

    By Jammer456

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        I popped these into a cheap guitar of mine and now I'm playing it as much as my more expensive one. It's been a great sound improvement - a lot of harmonic content and tons of sustain. They sound great clean or distorted. It's perfect for my home studio work. The flatter frequency response makes it easy to sculpt with EQ.

        The mini-CD it comes with is okay, but a lot of wasted potential. On it is several PDF wiring diagrams and one video. The video isn't even useful it's just promotional. I think they should have switched. They should have made a promotional PDF file, and several videos showing the installation process.

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        5.0

        Fixing some misleading info

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        By tooljunkie46n2

        from middletown ohio

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        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        Ok I have read all the other comments on here and I'd like to clear up stuff that I found misleading when I bought mine. Ok it does come with a mini cd with wring diagrams. Also if you install these and you get hum try shielding your guitar and make sure you grounded the pick up correctly. Now I bought with mine two sets of Bourne push pull pots I would suggest this. That I did for coil tapping. Now as for flat response, it will make you re-adjust your amp settings but other than that these sound great on my 6505+ full stack

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        5.0

        From a doubter to a FAN

        By piercesayshi

        from Omaha, NE

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Extra Pickup Chamber
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Humming

        Best Uses

        • Clean Lead

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        At first I was a bit worried about the quality of the pickup, but once I installed it I was blown away! This pickup works fantastically when you are working with a simple clean tone. The only drawback to this pickup comes when you are playing while heavily distorted. I guarantee your pickups will whine as you raise your volume and gain.

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        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not for me.

        By Elyk07

        from Grove City, PA

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        I was working on a custom Strat so I bought one of these to try in the bridge position. I was pretty excited to hear how it sounded but was still a bit worried since the reviews on these things seem so extreme... people either love them or hate them. I wouldn't say I "hate" them, but I would say that I was severely disappointed with the sound. I put in the Alumitone, plugged in my guitar, strummed a couple chords, and I could immediately tell that it wasn't for me. To me it just sounded very "tingy" and lifeless. I think, for me, it was a bad choice since I tend to prefer the more classic "PAF" sound. I decided to go with a railhammer hyper vintage instead and couldn't be happier; my strat now has an amazing high-quality "Modern PAF" sound.
        Do a LOT of research before you buy this. You might love this pickup but a 3 out of 10 is my personal opinion. I did a lot of research personally and decided to take a chance; unfortunately this thing just isn't for me.... at all. haha

        I'll still be trying and using Lace products in future. Even if I don't love the Alumitone, the Sensors are still amazing!
        The only real "feature" for a pickup is the quailty of the tone that you can get from it. I personally didn't like the way this thing sounded at all so that's why I'm giving it a low feature rating. It's hard to describe a sound in words sometimes... but this thing just didn't really seem to have any kind of "body" to me. It just seemed very thin sounding.

        I suppose one physical feature to be explored on a humbucker is "can it be coil-tapped?" Lace says "yes" but I didn't get around to trying it so I can't really comment on the way it would sound.
        I didn't see anything BAD about the quality, althought it was only installed in my guitar for about a week. I've never had any issues with Lace quality in the past.
        For me it wasn't a great value... they seemed a bit expensive in the first place and then I got less than half of the original cost when I sold it on eBay. Live and learn I guess!

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        3.0

        At first I loved them but....

        By Joe skjaret

        from Where ever the military sends me.

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        They just don't give me the tone I want I play mainly blues and classic rock and while they are just fine for chord work I'm less happy with them everyday. As my soloing has improved I can hear the sounds I want coming from this pup but it doesn't pull them to the fore front of the mix they are too sensitive and to well balanced to get your tone to cut through.
        These things do not buzz period. Very easy to install.
        The quality of mine are fantastic from a workmanship standpoint.
        I have bought multiple sets over the past few years and the price has dropped quite a bit.

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Is ruler flat good?

        By Memoryman

        from Chapel Hill

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        I have owned a set of these. The Alumitones are hi-fi with a flat/even response which is good if that is the tone you want. But this can translate to a lack of character and sweetness in the midrange. That is exactly what I found: big tone yet cold and uninspiring. I was missing something in the frequencies from 800Hz-4kHz. The bass was engulfing the mix pushing a tube amp in a tubby way. The upper highs from 6KHz-16kHz were a bit hard, cutting. Might be perfect for nu metal--producing the mid-scoop sound. I purchased these pickups especially to play fingerstyle. The frequency response made it difficult to pull out the melody. I realize now that I like a vintage sound. They were just not the best thing for my style.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        These are different!

        By Brain

        from Tucson, AZ

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        Alumitone pickups are different than any other pickup I have used. My favorite pickup is the Seymour Duncan 59 PAF, because it sounds like a professional guitar or a recording of one. The Lace pickup sounds similar but it takes time to get used to it. Any note that you play comes through loud and clear. Even the ones that you are trying to dub out with your thumb and get a harmonic ring instead. On the other hand, I walked right up to my space heater that makes other pickups buzz alot and OMG nothing. No buzz! That makes this pickup worth the $. The instructions stink, but the Lace website has a diagram you need to look at that will help. I plugged my guitar with this pickup through a Korg acoustic pandora and it really sounds acoustic. Then I kicked in the MXR distortion 111 and it sounds smooth overdriven. If you want something different looking and sounding that does not buzz and will make you either a better player or embarrased by how you play since it will pickup any thing you play, this might be it. It weighs about as much as a hand full of potato chips!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOW!!!

        By Dick Smash

        from Prescott,Az

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        I've been thinkin' about these pups since they came out, I threw em' into this crazy Vietnamese firbird looking thing. Kinda of a long story but the guitar is very solid, neck thru the body, I got for it's looks and the price. The electronics were total crap so it hung on the wall until I sprung for these bad boyz. I've got a pile of guitars, with damn near every kinda pup stuffed into something. My main guitars are G&L I've got an 82 F-100 and a newer Legacy w/seymore's. They destroyed my other guitars until I overhauled the import. Now there is a new sheriff in town. These pups scream, they cut like a razor, crisp and full and they look awesome. My bass player wants them to make some for him. Everyone that has heard that guitar has been impressed.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        just buy them.

        By Timmy-wdRuL

        from nowhere

        Comments about Lace Alumitone Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup:

        Bought the black pups recently and threw em into an epi dot. Not only do the make your guitar look at least 5 times cooler, the sound is unparalelled.I was suprised when I got my first eyefull of these things. I mean, only an 1/8th inch of metal. No widing. No poles. And two magnets. I was speechless. The only thing I could squeeze out was holy frick. Look at that! I hope they work.Lo and behold, they worked perfectly and amazingly. Clarity, depth and tone, something missing from most(all)stock pickups. I could hear my low notes, my high notes and everything in between. Such clarity without compromising that good feeling of a passive pickup with some soul. Everything you want to come through comes through, harmincs, pinch harmonics, squeals, thrills and shrills. It is the perfect pickup. The best sound.But beware the cd sucks. All it tells you is what wires are what. Not where they go or anything. And I'm not a guitar tech either but I do have some basic experience. So with a little common sense I got em fixed up the first time, so it's not like you need an electricians degree. Again, the clarity is so outstanding, you can hear every mistake you make. Definately inspires you to play better.

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